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Kinetic ceramics piezoelectric hydraulic pumps
Author(s): Conal O'Neill; John Burchfield
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Paper Abstract

This paper discusses the development and testing of two Piezoelectrically driven Hydraulic Pumps (PHP2 & PHP3) utilizing low cost discrete multilayer piezoelectric actuators and low cost structural components. New valve technologies were developed utilizing reed and MEMS valves. Structural optimization was performed to decrease weight and volume. The PHP3 design extracts power from a PZT material with high efficiency despite impedance mismatch between the piezoelectric actuator and fluid by utilizing a hydraulic pendulum energy recovery technique. Hydraulic power of 168 watts can be developed with a pump mass of under 1lb. Flow rate of 2300 cc/min free flow has been demonstrated as well as output pressure greater than 200 bar in the stalled condition. The result of the effort is practical solid state conversion of electrical energy into a useable hydraulic source for actuation systems without having normal rotational wear components. The PHP2 pump was used to power the hydraulic primary flight controls in a RPV technology demonstrator flight tested in November 2006.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 April 2007
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 6527, Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2007, 65270I (11 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.717015
Show Author Affiliations
Conal O'Neill, Kinetic Ceramics, Inc. (United States)
John Burchfield, Kinetic Ceramics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6527:
Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2007
L. Porter Davis; B. K. Henderson; M. Brett McMickell, Editor(s)

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